Looks like the Cell processor is about to become a bit more open. Sony, Toshiba, and IBM are preparing to release “full chip specifications and software libraries” for Cell. Information will include the instruction set used in the SPU coprocessors, an Application Binary Interface (ABI), a full-system simulator, and lots of “open source”, though it’s unclear what exactly will be released under which licenses. We could see additional information released as early as this month.

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